Dr Xiaobo Chen researches the functional characteristics of light metal surfaces to enable a wide range of engineering applications in the automotive and biomedical industries.
functional material processing, functional material manufacturing, surface engineering of light metals, corrosion science, electrochemistry, biofuels, biomaterials
Dr Chen's multidisciplinary research into the functional characteristics of light metal surfaces incorporates chemistry, materials science, corrosion, electrochemistry and biomaterials and has the potential to enable a diverse range of industrial applications.
Dr Chen has attracted extensive research funding from the ARC – as the Lead Chief Investigator on a three-year ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2013; a three-year ARC Linkage grant in 2015; and a three-year research grant with the ARC Research Hub for nanoscience-based construction materials manufacturing in 2017. He has also worked with the Baosteel-Australia Joint Research Centre and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry on three research contracts.
Dr Chen earned his PhD in 2010 from Deakin University for his work in materials science and engineering. He joins RMIT from Monash University, where he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr Chen has a strong track record of publications, including more than 60 journal publications with a Scopus h-index rating of 22.
Dr Chen was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship in 2017 and is based in the School of Engineering.